The Hobbit - Study Guide Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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The narrator leaves Bilbo and his company for the first time in the book to follow Smaug. He has gone to attack Lake-town, also known as Esgaroth, having figured out that the men must have helped the burglar.

The townspeople are somewhat prepared for his wrath. They have cut the bridges that lead to the island town. Smaug flies over starting homes on fire. Valiantly, the townspeople shoot arrows upon arrows at Smaug, but his rage is too great. He will not give in to mere stings of arrows. In the end most of the people panic and flee to boats.

One man, Bard, rallies some to stay and fight. He is a descendent of the great men of Dale, and feels in his bones that he might prevail and return in glory to Dale. The thrush that had overheard Bilbo and the dwarves talking tells Bard...

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